Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PET: We're interested in cats and dogs, but also hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, horses, chickens -- the whole pet gamut.
Email the following information to email@example.com: pet name, owner name, how you met, pet's age, hometown, breed (or best guess), favorite activity, favorite food, funniest moment or sweetest story. Feel free to add your own creative categories, too -- anything that will shine a light on your pet.
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Mr. Bojangles( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / March 5, 2014 )
Joe and Patti Clawson made a "no more animals pact" in 2004 - they'd adopted their cat, Grizzy, from a shelter, and that was enough.
But that was before they spotted the little black-and-white cat lurking around their wooded Crownsville neighborhood. It was cold outside, and while the cat wouldn't come close to them, Patti wanted to rescue him.
"It was a very cold winter that year," she says, adding that the couple believe he was dumped in the neighborhood, as no one recognized him. "He wouldn't come near us, he was so frightened. But come spring, he ventured closer each day."
Finally, Patti looked out the window to see Joe cuddling the cat in his arms, and the rest was history. Mr. Bojangles settled into their life, learning to follow them on walks, chasing bugs outside, sleeping in bed with Joe and Patti, and watching squirrels out the windows. He's a cuddly little guy who loves being petted. Patti, a retired hairstylist, and Joe, a retired Baltimore City Fire Department captain, dote on Mr. Bojangles and Grizzy, who happily shares his food and toys with the former stray.
"He's a very happy cat," Patti says.
To have your pet - including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like - considered for Collared, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun